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Small 1940s Catalina Seashell Novelty Print One Piece Swimsuit

Small 1940s Catalina Seashell Novelty Print One Piece Swimsuit

Regular price $395.00
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Lovely vintage late 1940s/early 1950s one piece swimsuit by Catalina, with an earth tone seashell print, copyright by California Hand Prints. It has removable straps, and a skirt overlay at the front with a decorative tie. There is a metal Talon zipper and two hooks at the back, and boning at either side of the bust for shape.

Measurements and Condition:

Fits like: Labeled size 34/ weight 115/125 (women's small). We estimate best fits someone 5'6" or shorter, and it also best fits a slightly larger bust with a small frame (ie 32D).
Fabric: Unknown synthetic - labeled "protect color - do not roll when wet", with a built in bra lining in the bust and a plastic lining in the gusset.
Brand: Catalina - A California Creator, made in USA
Condition: Very good, with light general wear, some discoloration to the bra lining (see photo), and some very minor color bleed on the print (nothing too noticeable because it blends into the print).

Length/rise: 30" to 31" as shot (straps adjust)
Chest/overbust: 30" taken pit to pit
Underbust: 27" to 29"
Waist: 24" to 26"
Hips: 40" - taken 3" below the bottom of the zipper opening
Leg opening: elastic stretches 18" to 21" comfortably

Shown on a 5’8” model with measurements of 35”-26”-38”, usually wears a size small to medium. See our FAQ for more info on sizing and condition ratings.



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To best ensure that you are happy with your item, we ask that you read through the measurements and condition notes before making your purchase. However, if it doesn't work out, we do accept returns for store credit if we are contacted and the item is sent back in its original condition within 14 days of delivery. The buyer is responsible for return shipping costs, and the store credit amount issued is for the item price only minus a $7 restocking fee. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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